Magnus-Hirschfeld-Gesellschaft e.V. Forschungsstelle zur Geschichte der Sexualwissenschaft

The Pomeranian Hirschfelds: A Family History

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The Hirschfeld Family in Kolberg, 1925, at the memoral for Hermann Hirschfeld

Many members of the Hirschfeld and Mann families are mentioned in Magnus Hirschfeld’s work and played a part in the history of the Institute for Sexual Science. In recent years it has been possible to compile an extensive genealogy of Hirschfeld’s ancestors and relatives. The purpose of this work is to find living members of the family, who might possess items from the Institute or from Hirschfeld’s estate/personal papers.

The parents of Magnus Hirschfeld – Hermann Hirschfeld (1825 – 1885) and Friederike Hirschfeld (nee Mann) (1836 – ~1905) – had eleven children, of whom seven reached adult age: Magnus, Recha, Franziska, Immanuel, Eduard, Agnes and Jenny. The oldest sister Recha survived all her siblings, and was murdered in Theresienstadt. Friederike Mann had eight siblings, Hermann Hirschfeld at least one brother.

Agnes Hirschfeld converted the family home into an inn. She left the house to her younger sister Jenny Hauck, who together with Frau von Gerichten managed the inn and named it for Agnes.

On the occasion of the 100th birthday of Hermann Hirschfeld the family gathered at a memorial for their father in front of the house on the promenade in Kolberg.
On the left side are descendants of the family Mann (front left: Ernst Maass, as adults: Julius Mann and his wife Martha née Manasse, on the right the Hirschfeld descendants: Franziska Mann, Jenny Hauck, NN, NN (possibly Georg And Erna Tobias?), Recha Tobias, and Magnus Hirschfeld).


  • Magnus Hirschfeld: Testament. Heft II. Herausgegeben und annotiert von Ralf Dose
    Berlin: Hentrich & Hentrich 2013
  • Ralf Dose: Die Familie Hirschfeld aus Kolberg.
    In: Elke-Vera Kotowski/Julius H. Schoeps (Hrsg.): Magnus Hirschfeld. Ein Leben im Spannungsfeld von Wissenschaft, Politik und Gesellschaft. Berlin: be.bra wissenschaft 2004, S. 33-64